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Posted on Looking for advice on selecting table saw

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#1 posted 12-04-2018 04:32 PM

If you need to move the saw up and down stairs, I think your best best is a jobsite saw. There are some decent ones out there stay with the name brands. IMO any beginner should look at a SawStop. They make a good quality jobsite saw. I’m sure your loved ones will appreciate the safety features.

When your renovations are over and you think you want to do mainly shop work, when you outgrow it you can sell it and buy a stationary cabinet saw. All but the biggest will take a mobile base.

Now I want to say something unrelated but in your post. SAFETY is such an extremely important issue for a beginner. I can’t emphasize it enough. Do some reading, take a class, watch some videos. Always keep SAFETY in mind when making a cut. Learn the limitations of your machines. Learn to read your lumber before feeding it past a blade. By this I mean look for bows, loose knots etc. Learn how make assist devices like push blocks and use them properly. Know where your hands are at all times.

Speaking of safety, I strongly advise against doing rip cuts with a radial arm saw. It is THE most dangerous procedure on probably THE most dangerous machine in a shop.

The second thing I want to address is regarding one of the biggest mistakes we make as beginners and that is develpoping hand tool skills. As a beginner my self (even after 30 years of ww’ing) I did the same thing. IMO “fine” woodworking or excel at craftsmanship is not possible without hand tools.

Some will disagree with me on this, but try fitting a drawer or door without a hand plane & trust me all you’ll be doing is making a lot of dust with a sander or over shooting trying to dial it in with a saw.

I want to encourage you so much about this. Get a #4 hand plane, a set of bench chisels, a couple good hand saws, and some marking tools. Do some research and find out what the quality tools are. Fine Woodworking magazine has excellent reviews on all these. Just their video library alone is worth the membership fee.

Good luck hope this helps.

Check out Paul Sellers he will be an excellent source for you.

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